Miitomo is brand new, marking the first time that the House of Mario is entering the brave new world of mobile gaming. The game currently has a big rookie mistake: you can swear like the rudest teenager ever in it. Let’s hear how my Mii sounds with a mouth full of filth.
Nintendo has a venerable decades-old reputation for putting out kid-friendly, inoffensive entertainment. Sure, they slip up sometimes, but folks generally expect that Nintendo-branded products are a safe haven from all the assholery that can happen in video game culture. That’s why it’s worth noting that Miitomo—the company’s new mobile game that just debuted in Japan—seems not to have any language filtering whatsoever.
The lack of a filter became apparent last night after I took Miitomo out for an initial run. I went back to the app today to see just how permissive the text-to-speech feature is. The video above shows a cursory run-through of some salty language I entered into one of the fields. I frankly got embarrassed and stopped before continuing further. Hopefully, this gets addressed before Miitomo rolls out to more countries across the globe.